Colleen Quen

Costume Designer

Colleen Quen's designs are inspired by nature's motifs, Impressionist art and modern architecture. Practicing classic French couture techniques, she calculates a "body print" for each client, grounding her pieces with precious stitch work. Colleen Quen has been featured in InStyle, Town & Country, WWD and Modern Bride, and has worked on several pieces for Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

Her most recent imaginative undertaking, in collaboration with LINES Ballet’s Creative Director Robert Rosenwasser, was the creation of costumes for Alonzo King’s 21st-century vision of the historic ballet Scheherazade. Commissioned by the Monaco Dance Forum in honor of the Centenary of the Ballets Russes, this new Scheherazade draws on the rich and fantastical exuberance of Léon Bakst’s watercolor sketches and the history of the glamorous 1909 “Saison Russes” that captivated all of Paris by uniting haute couture and costumes for dance.

Before her career as a couturière, Quen graduated with an AA in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in 1986. She then focused on a ten-year design career for Wilkes Sport by Wilkes Bashford, Eileen West, Gap, Jane Tise/Karen Alexander and Joan Walters, and later studied at the Simmone Sethna School of French Couture. Graduating with a certificate in French Haute Couture in 1996, Quen began her own couture design business in 2000. A native of San Francisco, Colleen Quen is currently preparing her future international collections at her atelier.